Opinion | Romney’s career proves he will be a capable president
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 23:09
We take issue with the Sept. 18 opinion piece submitted by Tom and Kathy Romano supporting Barack Obama and his policies.
For those of you who missed it, we will analyze their question posed to readers: “Does anyone who isn’t wealthy want George Bush’s Republican regime again?”
There are a number of problems with the wording of this question.
First, Republicans are not a monolith — just as the Democrats of the 1990s are not the Democrats of today, neither are the Republicans. During the 2010 midterm election, we saw the rise of a GOP focused on the economy, fiscal responsibility and small business prosperity.
Second, when will liberals, like the Romanos, admit President Obama is responsible for the current condition of country he is running? “Bush-bashing” was a dominant narrative of the 2008 election and many desire to replicate it this cycle. Yet this desire ignores one glaring fact: President Bush hasn’t been in office since we were in high school! Times have changed and the more Democrats hide from their decisions, the less seriously our generation and the American people should take their candidacies.
Third, we are college students with burdensome debt and dim prospects of employment after graduation. Under no circumstances are we wealthy.
Four years ago, Barack Obama told the nation, “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone to run from.”
Let’s look at Obama’s record today: $16 trillion deficit, 46 million Americans on food stamps and 24 million Americans unemployed or underemployed. Certainly, those statistics are not a record to run on.
Unfortunately, the Obama campaign is engaging in the same tactics they criticized four years ago. Moreover, this hypocrisy is demonstrative of the entire Obama presidency, which began full of optimistic promises that have evolved into an endless series of failures.
Mitt Romney had a sterling career in the private sector. In 2002, he volunteered to save the Salt Lake City Olympics from crisis. As governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget, lowered unemployment, improved education and provided healthcare — all without raising taxes.
Romney’s caliber as an executive is unprecedented. As our generation continues to be plagued with unemployment double the national rate, we need to run toward a candidate with proven results. That candidate is Mitt Romney.